Friday, September 19, 2008

Wine tasting and a lovely meal @ Vinipolis - Florensac

This month our restaurant review is going to be a little different, as we have discovered a wonderful place at the Cave Co-Opérative called Vinipolis, that offers a very informative dégustation (tasting) of their wines and then a meal in their lovely restaurant afterwards - Bistro d'Alex. It makes for a lovely day out.

In the heart of the biggest wine growing region in the world - the Languedoc Roussillon, Vinipolis has great vision for the future, hoping to open a window on the region and the quality of its products and aims to work closely with its consumers and commercial partners. It has invested an impressive 1.7 million euros on the restaurant, the wine production and direct sales operation and not forgetting the upkeep of the vines themselves.
Always listening to what their clients want, Vinipolis produces 50% white, 25% rosé and 25% red wines. Using the grape varieties cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, sauvignon, syrah and viognier (which is apparently a very difficult grape to grow and work with). There are 260 people in the co-opérative working 1100 ha of vines.

For the dégustation there is high technology in the form of interactive screens at each tasting station offering information on the grape, flavours, style, etc or you could opt for the charming young man to do a personal tasting with you - his passion is infectious. After the tasting you are not obliged to, but will no doubt, buy some wine to take home with you which is offered at a surprisingly good price.

A meal in the restaurant is offered on a blackboard of daily specials, so everything is seasonal and fresh. With wine from the Co-op of course, a meal will cost you around 20-25 euros per person.

Open: Monday - Saturday - 9am - 6pm non-stop
Tel : 04 67 77 00 20
Vinipolis, 5 Avenue des Vendanges, 34510 Florensac

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